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December 10, 2019
Balili River in Baguio City, Philippines flows through the Valley of Colors, famous for its cluster of houses turned into a huge, vibrant piece of art. Yet, the dull waters of the river imply that the Baguio Sewage Treatment Plant (BSTP) barely two kilometers away is inadequate in stemming water pollution.
To address this issue, the city government took steps to improve its wastewater management together with flood and drainage initiatives. As observed during the recent CDIA monitoring visit, many of these efforts were derived from the pre-feasibility study (PFS) conducted by CDIA in 2016.
December 2, 2019
At the workshop held 19 November 2019 in Phnom Penh, CDIA presented the results of its Climate Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment for the cities of Battambang, Kampot, Kratie and Chhlong.
The study, with support from Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD) and the European Union, will guide the prioritization of investments for the “Sustainable Development of Secondary Cambodian Cities Project” of the Royal Government of Cambodia and AFD. It is directly managed by the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT).
November 26, 2019
An excellent place to get a perspective of Pakse is from Wat Phousalao on a hilltop, where a golden Buddha sits still, watching over the city. One could easily think it is by divine intervention that Pakse is endowed with natural beauty. The Mekong and Xedon rivers and the nearby mountains contribute to it having one of the finest settings in Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR).
To preserve this natural advantage, the Governor of Champasack Province worked with CDIA in 2009 to develop a pre-feasibility study (PFS) for the Pakse Urban Environmental Improvement Project (PUEIP), an investment program supported by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
November 14, 2019
From 6-12 October 2019, CDIA conducted site visits and met with provincial and city-level officials of Bac Kan and Phu Ly in Vietnam, two cities identified under AFD’s proposed Climate Resilience in Bac Kan and Ha Nam Project (CRBH). With support from AFD and the European Union, CDIA’s engagement seeks to improve project readiness for possible downstream AFD financing.
October 31, 2019
In line with the theme of “Changing the World: Innovations and Better Life for Future Generations,” how does CDIA contribute to shaping the cities of tomorrow? What are some of its innovative approaches to address challenges and ensure a more inclusive, resilient and sustainable urban future?
“Stimulating innovation is a key objective of CDIA in working with cities,” said Neil Chadder, Program Manager. “We do so by going beyond introducing cutting edge technologies. It is more about addressing specific needs to ensure that benefits are optimized for the city residents,” he added.
October 29, 2019
On two separate occasions, CDIA shared its practices on safeguards and project prioritization with the technical staff of the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center of the Philippines.
Both sessions aimed to increase the know-how on CDIA’s approaches which PPP Center may cascade in their own technical assistance to cities; and apply in project preparation studies jointly identified by CDIA and PPP Center.
October 21, 2019
At the Seventh Asia Pacific Urban Forum (APUF7) from 15-17 October 2019 in Penang Malaysia, CDIA and other members of the Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance (CCFLA) organized an urban innovation session where they shared opportunities and innovative practices on climate adaptation infrastructure investments.
At the session conducted 16 October 2019, some 35 city representatives and development partners had a fruitful exchange looking at the sufficiency of funding, institutional capacity, sustainability and resilience standards, and cooperation among players to make the necessary urban investments possible. The session was chaired by Clement Larrue of Agence Francaise de Developpement.
October 21, 2019
At the Seventh Asia-Pacific Urban Forum held from 15-17 October 2019 in Penang, Malaysia, CDIA joined UCLG-ASPAC and local executives from the Philippines, Indonesia and Pakistan in sharing their experiences on municipal finance and how a robust financial architecture can help address issues of poverty and achieve sustainable development goals (SDGs) in Asia-Pacific Cities.
October 11, 2019
The cities of Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Sargodha and Muzzaffargarh in Punjab Province, Pakistan lack essential services to foster human development and economic growth. Like Sargodha’s water treatment plant that dates back to 1925, many other facilities are outdated and inoperable due to years of neglect, lack of maintenance and insufficient budget support.
Through the project preparation study (PPS) supported by CDIA, investment projects have been identified to upgrade the basic infrastructure and services in the four cities, while making them more resilient, inclusive and competitive.
October 11, 2019
CDIA, together with members of Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance (CCFLA), a coalition working to mobilize investments in low-carbon and climate-resilient infrastructure will host an Urban Innovation Session on the 16th of October 2019 at 15:30-17:00 at Room #9.